Three running for three seats on Chatham School Board

CHATHAM – The Chatham Central School District has three candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education. The candidates will appear on the ballot in the following order: Matthew Fisch, Destiny Hallenbeck, Patricia Wilson.

The Chatham School Board election will be held as part of the annual school budget vote on June 9 by absentee ballot. Candidates elected to the board on June 9 will each serve a three-year term commencing July 1, and expiring on June 30, 2023.

Mr. Fisch and Ms. Wilson are incumbents. Current board member Rachel Galvin is not running.

Bass by the yard

While Columbia and Greene counties are experiencing a “Pause” in day to day activities, the Hudson River’s annual striped bass and herring migration is in full swing. Jeremy Bulich of Catskill shows off a 36″ female caught with a live herring near Hudson, Sunday, May 10. Mr. Bulich, who practices catch-and-release, relinquished the fish back to the river. Photo by Chip Moon

Hawthorne Valley welcomes new board member

HARLEMVILLE–Hawthorne Valley Association recently welcomed Danielle Do to its Board of Trustees.

“Danielle has a clear commitment to Waldorf education and an abiding appreciation for biodynamic agriculture. I have experienced her thoughtfulness, generosity, and care and am grateful that she is willing to share her considerable talents and passion as a Trustee in service to the mission and work of Hawthorne Valley,” Hawthorne Valley Executive Director Martin Ping said  in a press release.

Danielle Do Photo contributed

Ms. Do joins a board that includes: Board President Tom James who served 12 years as Provost, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s Teachers College; Treasurer Matt Stinchcomb, founder of the Good Work Institute; Secretary Bob Fox, an architects and sustainability leader; Herbert Dreiseitl, sculptor, artist, landscape architect, and interdisciplinary urban planner; and Stephanie Lazar, a public health policy and advocacy expert with a passion for environmental sustainability, biodynamic farming, and social justice. Read more…

Almquist named school director at Hawthorne Valley

HARLEMVILLE–Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) has announced that Karin Almquist has become its school director. Ms. Almquist is succeeding Michael Frosch, who served three years in the role.

“We are incredibly grateful to Michael for his work leading Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School,” Martin Ping, Hawthorne Valley Association executive director said in a press release. “His servant leadership helped create a unified faculty and strengthened our whole community. I was thrilled when Karin came forward to express interest in becoming director and am confident in her ability to take on the role in a way that supports and grows our school holistically.”

Ms. Almquist joined HVS in 2013 as a class teacher. She has received two Masters degrees, studied in a PhD program, and did her Waldorf Teacher Training at Hawthorne Valley’s Alkion Center. Her area of focus in graduate school was international affairs and religious studies, but the learning she has found most meaningful is what she’s discovered while working in the context of a Waldorf school. Read more…